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Witness: My guilt after reporting deadly car smash

By Lucinda Cameron

Published 14/07/2015

Tragic: Lamara Bell (25)
Tragic: Lamara Bell (25)

The man who called police to report a car crash which the force did not investigate for three days has said he feels guilty he did not follow it up.

Lamara Bell (25) was critically injured in the crash off the M9 near Stirling on Sunday, July 5 and died in hospital, while her partner, John Yuill (28) died at the scene.

They were only found in the car last Wednesday, around 72 hours after the accident, despite the incident being reported to police on the day it happened.

The man who initially reported the crash last Sunday said the officer he spoke to was not dismissive and sounded as though he knew what he was doing.

The man, who wants to remain anonymous, told the BBC he became concerned on the Monday and Tuesday when the car was still there with no police tape covering it, but thought it "must be awaiting recovery". He said he was "aware of what was being said about whether he should have done more" but believed police were handling it.

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